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Senior Digital Health Advisor Job at D-tree July, 2023

Reports to: Zanzibar Country Director with dotted line to Director of Technology, Data and Innovation Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar. The successful candidate is expected to live in Zanzibar. Start Date: As soon as possible

Senior Digital Health Advisor Job

D-tree is a global digital health organization dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality  primary healthcare in underserved areas. We do this by working with governments to design, build and  deploy digital tools for frontline health workers that improve their ability to deliver high-quality, evidence based care. D-tree engages with governments to develop a shared vision for the potential of digital health,  demonstrates the effectiveness of digital systems to improve health outcomes, and accompanies governments to scale these digital systems nationally and institutionalize them within their broader health  systems.

Since 2011, D-tree has partnered with the Zanzibar Ministry of Health to implement an innovative digital  health program, Jamii ni Afya (“Community is health”) supporting Community Health Volunteers to provide  health services within their communities. This program has consistently demonstrated improved health  outcomes, a strengthened community health system, and increased use of data for decision-making. Over  time, Jamii ni Afya has grown from a pilot to a national program and has demonstrated how digital  technology can transform the quality of a health system. The digital health program reached full scale in  August 2021, allowing D-tree to focus on program sustainability, quality and impact. We are currently  focused on transitioning all aspects of Jamii ni Afya to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (RGoZ).

Our values are the driving motivators for how the D-tree team works day in, day out, shared by all team  members. They include:

  • We think big because we have faith in our ability to succeed.
  • We are excellent stewards of time, resources, and money.
  • We value balance between work and life.
  • We keep the people we work for and with at the center of everything we do. • We respectfully challenge the status quo as we are always in search of a better way. • We continuously learn and adapt to become the best version of ourselves.
  • We believe that our strength lies in our diversity and how we perform as a team. • We go above and beyond because people’s health and lives are at stake.

What you will do 

We are seeking a full time Senior Digital Health Advisor to work closely with our Zanzibar program team, the  Zanzibar Ministry of Health (MoH) and other relevant stakeholders to lead the technology and data pillar of  the Jamii ni Afya transition plan and further position D-tree as a trusted digital health advisor to the Zanzibar  government. As the digital transformation of the Zanzibar Primary Healthcare System is progressing, you will

collaborate with relevant stakeholders to integrate Jamii ni Afya systems into the emerging digital health  landscape to make sure that Zanzibaris have the technological infrastructure to experience a continuum of  care across health needs and life events. You will work closely with relevant stakeholders in the MoH which  requires frequent meetings at the MoH and spending up to one or two days co-located in the MoH offices.

Jamii ni Afya transition and Primary Healthcare Transformation (~70%) 

  • Over the next 4 years, lead the Technology and Data pillar of the Jamii ni Afya transition plan,  comprising user support, system operations, platform maintenance, and technological infrastructure  for data management and data use.
  • Collaborate and align with other pillars of the transition plan (financial sustainability; program and  operations management).
  • Collaborate with the HMIS Advisor on topics such as data use and data governance. ● Identify and act on opportunities to integrate Jamii ni Afya with other digital health systems to  strengthen the continuum of care.
  • Provide capacity building to the ICT unit and associated units and roles to ensure the MoH can fully  operate and manage the digital components of Jamii ni Afya.

Health Information System Strengthening (~20%) 

  • Strategically position D-tree to support digital health systems strengthening within Zanzibar by  identifying and cultivating opportunities and partnerships with government and partners. ● Provide technical assistance and capacity building to the MoH and other stakeholders to analyze,  strengthen, design, specify, implement, deploy, optimize, and use various health information  systems.
  • Provide technical expertise to the MoH in the identification, gap analysis, development,  dissemination and implementation of HIS strategies, standards and guidelines.
  • Identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between  various program areas.
  • Actively participate in relevant technical working groups and professional forums representing D tree, including the Zanzibar Digital Health Technical Working Group and relevant task forces.

Learning and dissemination (~10%) 

  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation and maintain an inventory  of successful tools and approaches for HIS.
  • Regularly report on project activities and results to the project team and donor, including routine  quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested.
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences to disseminate  best practices, learning, and achievements.

Who we are looking for 

We are looking for a motivated individual who is willing to wear multiple hats and do what it takes to make  our programs succeed. At D-tree we are trying to push the envelope regarding what is possible with digital  health systems, while working in environments with extreme constraints. We are looking for an individual who  is creative, flexible, and who takes initiative to identify and act on opportunities to strengthen our programs  and the digital primary healthcare system in Zanzibar.


  • At least 7 years of experience implementing and providing technical assistance to strengthen large scale HIS including experience in quality collection, analysis, dissemination and use of health  information.
  • Master of Science in Information Technology, Health Informatics, Statistics or equivalent. Master of  Science in Public Health or equivalent experience is an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge of health information technology and public health IT standards including,  semantic, exchange, privacy/security, etc. and applications, including EMRs, laboratory information

systems (LIS), Planning and Budgeting systems, Health related registries, surveillance systems,  DHIS2, iHRIS, and others.

  • Demonstrated experience managing the integration of multiple applications or business processes,  including working with external vendors, multiple donors, and in low-resource settings. ● Demonstrated experience assessing capabilities of and gaps in national health information systems  including functionality, resource requirements, standard operating procedures, and human capacity. ● Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational  levels.
  • Team player able to work in a high-pressure environment and manage multiple activities and  priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills; able to lead and work effectively with an  interdisciplinary team with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to contribute to D-tree’s and the MoH’s mission by occasionally conducting tasks that go  beyond the job description.
  • High level of attention to detail and excellent organizational and time management skills. ● Proficient spoken and written English and Swahili.
  • Experience living and working in Zanzibar strongly preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as necessary.

Salary Range:  

87,750,000 TZS to 135,000,000 TZS gross annual salary inclusive of all cash compensation.

Salary scales are set according to an explicit compensation policy, and relevant market data is analyzed  when setting ranges for each role. To ensure internal parity, D-tree will analyze the candidate’s overall  number of years of experience as well as relevant technical expertise pertaining to the position and in  comparison with staff in the same job group to make the offer salary. Because salary ranges are small and  the internal parity review is thorough, offers are firm.

Application information  

To apply for this role please fill in the Google Form. Only applicants who respond to all questions and include  their CV will be considered. Please note that by applying to this position, you consent to your name being  checked against a terrorist watch list prior to an offer of employment.

This position is open to Tanzania nationals only. 

Deadline for applications: open until filled. D-tree International is an equal opportunity employer.


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